Emergency Management News

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January weather information for #AltusOK from @OKMesonet

Periods of Record
# - large gaps in record
* - Record since tied
Highlight = Jan record
All Temps in deg F
All Precip in inches
Sig Prcp Freq = Pct of
days with >= 0.1" precip
Jan. Averages
High Temp53 F
Low Temp27 F
Avg Temp40 F
1T Avgs: 52/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 3%
High T75* (1965)
Low T4 (1928)
Precip0.37 (1993)
Snow1.0 (2010)
2T Avgs: 52/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T83 (1997)
Low T4 (1979)
Precip0.78 (1975)
Snow8.0 (1947)
3T Avgs: 52/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
High T88 (2006)
Low T5 (1947)
Precip0.98 (1973)
Snow4.0 (1973)
4T Avgs: 52/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 3%
High T79 (2009)
Low T-11 (1947)
Precip0.64 (1932)
Snow1.5 (1942)
5T Avgs: 51/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T80 (1927)
Low T-11 (1947)
Precip1.28 (2005)
Snow0.3 (1960)
6T Avgs: 52/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 4%
High T79 (2008)
Low T5 (2004)
Precip0.70 (1940)
Snow7.0 (1940)
7T Avgs: 50/25
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T82 (2006)
Low T3 (1940)
Precip1.00 (1988)
Snow7.0 (1973)
8T Avgs: 53/25
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T80 (1969)
Low T-7 (1988)
Precip2.46 (1939)
Snow6.0 (1944)
9T Avgs: 53/25
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
High T77 (1957)
Low T3 (1973)
Precip0.83 (1987)
Snow7.0 (1930)
10T Avgs: 51/25
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T81 (2009)
Low T-3 (1977)
Precip0.95 (1991)
Snow6.0 (1955)
11T Avgs: 51/25
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T84 (1995)
Low T-3 (1918)
Precip0.43 (1949)
Snow2.0* (1920)
12T Avgs: 52/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T77 (1935)
Low T-7 (1973)
Precip1.16 (1927)
Snow2.0* (1930)
13T Avgs: 53/25
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T77* (1952)
Low T-2 (1963)
Precip0.70 (1992)
Snow1.0 (1993)
14T Avgs: 52/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 3%
High T77 (1990)
Low T4* (1963)
Precip0.31 (1960)
Snow1.0 (1917)
15T Avgs: 53/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T79 (1914)
Low T4 (1972)
Precip1.22 (1946)
Snow2.0* (1917)
16T Avgs: 52/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 2%
High T80 (1938)
Low T-3 (1930)
Precip0.42 (2004)
Snowtrace* (1916)
17T Avgs: 51/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T77 (1923)
Low T-9 (1930)
Precip2.12 (2004)
Snow1.5 (1925)
18T Avgs: 52/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 10%
High T77 (1964)
Low T-2 (1930)
Precip1.60 (1945)
Snow4.0 (1936)
19T Avgs: 51/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T79 (1951)
Low T-1 (1943)
Precip1.60 (1980)
Snow4.0 (1966)
20T Avgs: 52/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T85 (1986)
Low T4 (1962)
Precip0.80 (1980)
Snow2.0 (2007)
21T Avgs: 52/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 9%
High T79 (1986)
Low T5 (1930)
Precip0.73 (2007)
Snow6.4 (1966)
22T Avgs: 53/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T86 (1967)
Low T-9 (1930)
Precip2.05 (1973)
Snow5.7 (1966)
23T Avgs: 54/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
High T85 (1943)
Low T-8 (1966)
Precip1.05 (1949)
Snow1.0 (1983)
24T Avgs: 55/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 2%
High T79 (1970)
Low T3 (1963)
Precip0.21 (1921)
Snow2.0 (1926)
25T Avgs: 56/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 5%
High T85 (1950)
Low T7 (1940)
Precip0.70 (1989)
Snow2.0 (1978)
26T Avgs: 55/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 6%
High T83 (1914)
Low T3 (1966)
Precip0.89 (1949)
Snow2.0 (1949)
27T Avgs: 54/26
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T82 (1982)
Low T4 (1963)
Precip0.54 (1944)
Snow0.5* (2000)
28T Avgs: 54/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T80 (2002)
Low T6 (2009)
Precip0.75* (1989)
Snow2.0 (1961)
29T Avgs: 55/28
Sig Prcp Freq: 7%
High T78 (1917)
Low T4 (1966)
Precip1.49 (2010)
Snow3.0 (1948)
30T Avgs: 53/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 8%
High T79 (1917)
Low T4* (1948)
Precip1.11 (1982)
Snowtrace* (1942)
31T Avgs: 53/27
Sig Prcp Freq: 12%
High T80 (1989)
Low T3* (1918)
Precip1.03 (2002)
Snow3.0 (1994)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Is your car #OKready? #AltusOK

So you’ve prepared your home for winter weather but what about your car? You can avoid many dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead. Before you hit the road, have a mechanic check the following items on your vehicle:
  • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing;
  • Battery and ignition system – terminal should be clean;
  • Brakes – check for wear and fluid level; and
  • Tires – make sure they have adequate tread.
Changes in weather call for changes in your emergency supply kit. For winter weather, update the emergency kits in your vehicle with:
  • Matches;
  • Booster cables;
  • Tow chain or rope; and
  • A fluorescent distress flag.
Need a quick and easy way to remember what items to check on your car each winter? Download the car maintenance checklist from the Centers for Disease Control today!
Disclaimer: The reader recognizes that the Federal government does not endorse any non-Federal entities, organizations, services, or products.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Give the gift of preparedness, #AltusOK

Still looking for holiday gift ideas? What better way to say happy holidays than to give the gift of preparedness to your family and friends? The onset of winter is a critical time for safety preparation. Several items that are critical in emergencies also make good gifts to store in a disaster supply kit. Download FEMA’s “Preparedness on a Shoestring” activity module for cost-effective ways to create disaster kits on a budget.  Many of the items may be found around your home including:
  • Adhesive bandages of various sizes;
  • Two pairs of sterile gloves; and
  • Antibiotic ointment.
The gift of preparedness can mean more than the basic supply kit! If it becomes necessary to boil water during an emergency, consider giving a tea kettle as a gift.  Tea kettles are better at boiling water than pots and pans because they are enclosed and the metal interiors allow for more even heating.  A solar charging unit for charging and powering electronic devices would also make a good stocking stuffer.  They range in size from pocket-size to fold-out panel and are powered by the sun, making them useful on clear days when electricity is unavailable.
For more preparedness gift-giving ideas this holiday, visit FEMA.gov.
Disclaimer: The reader recognizes that the Federal government does not endorse any non-Federal entities, organizations, services, or products.

Are you prepared?  What is your most interesting item?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Free Android and IOS apps available #AltusOK

Thanks to help from a variety of sources, Altus Emergency Management has developed applications for both the Android and IPhone systems.

Click the links for IOS and Android or use the QR code the right.  Also IOS users may get the HTML5 version directly

The apps are free.

Do you have suggestions for development?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How did this happen, #AltusOK

"A 77-year-old woman from Altus died from hypothermia."

How did this happen?

Was there a neighbor?  Did anyone call her?  Did she have meals on wheels?

Know your neighbor, Altus.  Check on them once in a while. In an emergency, your first, first responder may live next door.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tips from #RedCross for #AltusOK folks

With potential winter storms approaching our state, the American Red Cross has begun preparing our volunteers and partners for response activities if needed. And urge you to take steps now to stay safe when severe weather threatens.

     “By preparing together for winter storms, we can make our families safer and our communities stronger,” Janienne Bella, Regional CEO said. “We can help you and your family create a disaster preparedness plan now, before our community is threatened by dangerously low temperatures, snow, ice and strong winds.”
     As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for winter storms by:

• Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing. Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery. Additionally, make sure you have a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage.

• Heeding Storm Warnings: A winter storm WATCH means winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via NOAA Weather radio, or local radio or television stations. A winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

• Preparing Your Home and Car: Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full, which will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. Make sure your home is properly insulated by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to help keep cold air out. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Running water, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing.

     Here at the American Red Cross, disaster preparedness and response are our top priority. Volunteers and partners are on standby, prepared to open shelters and facilitate any necessary response activities.

     Take the time now to be prepared for the potential winter weather! Click here for more safety tips on Winter Weather Preparedness: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm

What are you doing to prepare?